The School of Communications at Elon University seeks an experienced journalist and teacher with a passion for the news business to prepare journalism students for innovative, community-serving roles in newsrooms and media companies. We seek applicants who can effectively teach multimedia storytelling and digital journalism and who care deeply about mentoring the next generation of journalists. This nine-month, renewable appointment begins August 2022 and is not eligible for tenure.
U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Elon University #2 for excellence in undergraduate teaching for the second straight year and #10 for Most Innovative National University. Our School of Communications is forward-thinking, ambitious, digitally savvy, equitably operating, and puts engaged learning at the center of all we do. We seek a colleague who embraces our values and will bring new perspectives to put our mission into practice.
We believe that diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, mentorship and professional work are essential to journalism education and university life. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to presenting the narratives of underserved and marginalized populations. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of people, advancing an organization’s DEI initiatives, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their relevant experiences in their cover letter. We welcome and encourage applications from members of under-represented groups and those who would bring dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion to the University’s teaching and research mission.
Lecturer Responsibilities include:
- Teach seven courses per academic year (3/1/3 load over Fall, Winter, and Spring terms).
- Teach courses in the Journalism major such as Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia News Production, Television News Reporting, Broadcast News Writing, Journalism in a Free Society, Reporting for the Public Good, and Editing and Design. The successful candidate may also teach other courses in the School of Communications and in the Elon Core Curriculum. Candidates with a terminal degree may be eligible to teach courses in the interactive media master’s program.
- Serve on School of Communications committees
- Advise majors in the School of Communications
- Engage in ongoing professional development and keep up with best practices in multimedia reporting, data journalism and media analytics
- Master’s degree in journalism or a related discipline, or completion of a Master’s by Summer 2022
- Professional journalism experience
- Considerable teaching experience in journalism
- Working knowledge of data-driven storytelling and analytics in journalism
Applicants must submit a cover letter, a current CV, statement of teaching philosophy and a list of at least three references. The application deadline is October 22, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately following the deadline. To apply for this position or to make inquiries, please email
SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS:
Elon’s nationally accredited School of Communications is home to nearly 1,400 students, representing 20 percent of Elon’s student body, in a 105,000-square-foot, four-building Communications Complex in the heart of campus. Students select from six majors: Journalism, Cinema & Television Arts, Communication Design, Media Analytics, Sport Management and Strategic Communications. The School also offers a master’s degree in interactive media. The School also operates the North Carolina Local News Workshop and the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. To learn more about the School of Communications, visit
Elon University is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and welcomes all applicants. Elon is a dynamic private, co-educational, comprehensive institution that is a national model for actively engaging faculty and students in teaching and learning in a liberal art based residential campus.Elon University has built a national reputation as the premier student-centered liberal arts university that values strong relationships between students and their faculty and staff mentors. Elon’s 6,700 students prepare to become the ethical leaders the world needs, putting their knowledge into action on campus, in the community and around the globe. Elon is known for academic excellence across the curriculum, and for experiential learning programs in study abroad, undergraduate research, leadership, interfaith dialogue, civic engagement, and community service. Elon is ranked the nation’s #1 master’s-level university for study abroad and is a top-producer of Fulbright Student Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Elon more than any other university in the nation for academic programs that “Focus on Student Success.” More than 425 full-time faculty members teach in six academic units: Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Health Sciences; and the School of Law. Elon’s four-year graduation rate of 78 percent ranks in the top 10 percent of U.S. private universities. The student-faculty ratio is 12:1, and the average class size is 20. The university’s 636-acre residential campus is in the Town of Elon, N.C. To learn more about Elon, please visit the University web site at
Location/Region: Elon, NC (27244)